“I don’t like to hold back because that’s how you hurt yourself” – Chester Bennington.
Last week, we heard the sad news of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park. The news was heart breaking, they were a band I grew up with and their music is important to me, singing of things i couldn’t put into words.
His death was apparently brought on by a fight with anxiety/depression and his ongoing alcoholism.
The older I get, the more i hear about celebrities i grew up knowing, are killing themselves due to their mental health. It’s heart breaking, and whats even worse, is that we don’t talk about mental health unless someone dies because of it. It affects each and everyone one of us. I am surrounded by it in all aspects of my life, and there will always be the stigma some people hold of “attention seeking” or “over emotional”. Opinions like that which hold such little information and are complete presumptions and over judgement of a person.
I believe our government have failed when it comes to supporting mental health, whether this is due to lack of funding, or investment I don’t know. But at the end of the day, it’s probably one of the biggest killers on our planet and no one seems to be doing anything to learn more about it. People are told to just talk about how they feel or, take some drugs and get better that way, it’s just a cop-out. No medication or therapy in the world will remove the feeling of sadness or anxiousness., and the professionals seem to give you coping methods rather than resolutions.
It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how much money you have or how well known you are, people will still hold stigmas surrounding mental health and we’re just expected to deal with it.
If you are ever feeling anxious or depressed anything like that, speak to someone, it makes all the difference.